H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Information

H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Information

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ongoing efforts until further notice.

Update Notice from School Department:November 15 , 2010

On December 1st, the Town of Lexington Board of Health will partner with Lexington Public Schools to provide a free flu clinic as a public health service.  Please review the attachment for more information.
 
All Lexington students will have the opportunity to be vaccinated from 4-7p.m.at Lexington High School in the library media room.
 
Students who provide a consent form may be vaccinated without the presence of a parent/guardian. Consent forms may be downloaded from the LHS nurses’ website homepage.

 

Update Notice from School Department:August 27, 2010

Lexington Public Schools has received the following Fall 2010 guidance for schools from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) concerning influenza and influenza-like illness. 

Influenza – Back to School Update from John Auerbach, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Information for Parents about Influenza and Schools from Department of Public Health

Influenza Guidance for Parents of School-Aged Children issued September 14, 2009

LPS Prevention Efforts:

Parents should teach, emphasize, and remind their children about the importance of proper hand washing and cough etiquette in preventing the spread of diseases and to explain why it’s important.

The Department of Public Facilities is providing to each school hand sanitizer pump stations in cafeterias, libraries, and computer labs. Lexington Department of Public Facilities’ cleaning protocols are in place for surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact using “green” cleaning agents according to their routine schedule.  Once respiratory secretions containing the virus dry out, the virus is no longer effectively infectious. There is no need for special disinfecting or decontamination efforts, and the main focus should be on hand washing and cough and respiratory etiquette. 

Please do not send children to school with products that contain bleach or other non-hypoallergenic cleaning agents. We have students with nut and chemical sensitivities that can have adverse reactions to many common household cleaning products on the market.


Federal Resources
State Resources
Local Resources

This web site will be updated regularly as information becomes available at the federal and international level.

 

This web site will be updated regularly as information becomes available at the state level.

In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has A H1N1 Virus (Swine flu) hotline, which has been set up to help answer any general questions about the disease.

Call 1-866-627-7968 and dial 1, or simply dial 211 to access the hotline.

www.mass.gov/flu.

Weekly Update

This web site will be updated regularly as information becomes available at the local level for the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Public Schools.
Cover your nose with a tissue when you sneeze. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information. 
 
Flu: What you need to know
Wash your hands with soap and clean running water. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information.

 


 

Flu: What You Can Do - Caring for People at Home: Learn about flu prevention, caring for someone with the flu, and preparing for flu season. It is also applicable to a pandemic situation where hospitals and clinics may already be at full capacity.

Flu: What You Can Do Caring for People at Home (33-page comprehensive booklet): To receive a free copy printed please contact the Office of Community Development, Health Division, Gerard Cody, Health Director at 781-862-0500 x 237 or use the links below.

LPS Prevention Efforts:

Parents should teach, emphasize, and remind their children about the importance of proper hand washing and cough etiquette in preventing the spread of diseases and to explain why it’s important.

The Department of Public Facilities is providing to each school hand sanitizer pump stations in cafeterias, libraries, and computer labs. Lexington Department of Public Facilities’ cleaning protocols are in place for surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact using “green” cleaning agents according to their routine schedule.  Once respiratory secretions containing the virus dry out, the virus is no longer effectively infectious. There is no need for special disinfecting or decontamination efforts, and the main focus should be on hand washing and cough and respiratory etiquette. 

Please do not send children to school with products that contain bleach or other non-hypoallergenic cleaning agents. We have students with nut and chemical sensitivities that can have adverse reactions to many common household cleaning products on the market.

If You Get Sick or Think You Are Sick:

Flu Symptoms Checklist - Spring 2009 (PDF)
Fever Fact Sheets - Spring 2009 (PDF)
Staying at Home with the Flu: Instructions for Those Who Are Sick and Their Close Contacts - Aug 25, 2009 (PDF)

Translation of Information:

Portuguese (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)
Khmer (PDF)
Haitian Creole (PDF)
Vietnamese (PDF)
Russian (PDF)
Chinese (PDF)

Previous H1N1 Information Updates:

ANNOUNCEMENT: On January 8 and January 9, the The Office of Community Development, Health Division will hold Seasonal and H1N1 vaccine for those who still wish to be vaccinated.  It would also be an opportunity for those who are 10 and under to receive their booster. Parents must be present for the Family Clinic. These clinics are open to all individuals.  All school aged children (age 5 through High School) are encouraged to obtain seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccinations.Please bring health insurance cards for all individuals attending the flu clinics.See attached pdf for additional information regarding this public clinic. {pdf}

The Seasonal and H1N1injectable vaccine will contain thimerosal. "Mist" or nasal type seasonal influenza vaccine will be thimerosal free.

A Family Clinic is defined as an adult or adults accompanied by at least one (1) minor at or under the age of eighteen (18) years of age who wish to be vaccinated.

A Senior Clinic is defined as an adult at or over the age of sixty (60) years of age who wishes to be vaccinated. We ask that residents sixty-five (65) years and older provide their health insurance card (Medicare or Medicare Advantage plan).

Parent and Guardian Vaccine Update issued September 14, 2009

Fall 2009 Influenza Guidance for Parents of School-Aged Children (September 14, 2009)
Novel H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Update from Gerard Cody, Director of Public Health, Lexington, MA - August 26, 2009

Education Material is available for Parents, Guardians, and Students about H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Virus (May 11, 2009)
H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Virus - LPS Parent Update (May 5, 2009)
H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Virus - LPS Parent Update (May 1, 2009)

Translation of H1N1 Information:
H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Virus - Korean Translation (June 9, 2009)
H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Virus - Russian Translation (June 9, 2009)
H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Virus - Traditional Chinese Translation (June 9, 2009)

 
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